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Creating brighter lives: People+

Measurably better for people

How do we develop our business and products in a socially responsible and sustainable way? How can we take the people perspective into account in all phases of a product’s life cycle and foster the health & well-being of people in DSM's circle of influence?
DSM People LCA graphic

As with ECO+, DSM also takes a product life cycle approach for People+. The benefits for consumers, workers and/or communities can be created at any stage of a product’s life cycle, from the sourcing of raw materials through to manufacturing, distribution, use and disposal. People+ solutions are the ‘social impact leg’ of our Brighter Living Solutions.

People LCA

In the absence of a ready-to-use methodology DSM developed a framework that enables us to measure and compare the social impact of our products and innovations in close cooperation with peer companies and other stakeholders. It has proven to be highly effective in trials across a number of innovations and value proposition projects. People LCA enable us to identify new levers for innovation and develop and sharpen value propositions, identify and mitigate possible risks and engage with customers and suppliers through concentrating on the impact that our products have on the lives of people involved in making and using them.

Roundtable for Product Social Metrics

DSM actively strives to create a harmonized and broadly accepted methodology together with the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics that was co-founded and consists of PréConsultants, Ahold, BASF, BMW Group, Goodyear, Philips, AkzoNobel, L’Oréal, and Marks & Spencer.

The Roundtable has published a Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment, a practical tool for sustainability professionals and a standardized objective methodology for assessing a products social impact. DSM is also pursuing harmonization of social metrics in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, of which it is a member.